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6 Things To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Cake

6 Things To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Cake

Planning for your wedding can create exhilarating experiences. Planning for the right kind of food, drinks, amount of guests, and the right venue can split your attention leaving you confused and all stressed out. It’s important to maintain focus and make the right choices so as to enjoy a wonderful experience on your wedding day. If you’re indecisive on the perfect wedding cake to choose, you have come to the right source to learn more about it.

Elegant and Tasty Wedding Cakes

Customarily, wedding cakes are served to wedding guests right after the wedding ceremony. It’s the prominently distinct and well-distinguished cakes that stand like an ivory tower and sets itself apart from ordinary cakes presented at other functions. Often times it consists of several layers and is thoroughly decorated and furnished with icing, candles, beads and other embellishments that would reflect the grandness of the event.

Placed on the top of the cake is a colorful image of a bride and groom. There’s a great variance in wedding cakes ranging from the simplest to the most complex depending on the artistry of the baker. Whatever the variation you desire to choose, it’s important that it conforms to the main purpose of the cake, and still be edible and tasty.

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Cakes are an integral part of wedding plan so follow these guidelines in order to make the right choice when purchasing a wedding cake.

  1. Plan ahead

While the choice of your wedding cake is important, planning ahead is a necessity. It is advisable to make time out to plan for your cakes as you would for your wedding gown. Because of the importance of the occasion, it is best to look for professional referrals or hire the services of a competent baker.

Planning ahead will reduce the burdens associated with planning your wedding hurriedly. With the use of a catalog, you can review  large amounts of designs and styles and choose the one that best suits your needs and budget

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  1. Budget

While wedding cakes can look elegant and tasty, but they could be very expensive. It is wise not to sacrifice quality for cheap cost but it is of great essence to choose a wedding cake that fits your budget.

Each embellishment on every wedding cake has its own price. So choose wisely and make sure you know the price of a cake before choosing it. However, you can customize a cake to suit your needs and budget. All you need to do is to inform your baker about the decoration and features to be added on your wedding cake.

  1. Do not skip details

It is important not to skip any details and tell your baker about your expectations early. While you may have plenty of ideas for your wedding cake, try as much as possible to keep it simple and chic. If you choose to have your wedding celebrated in an open area like the beach, you should provide your baker with detailed information, as cakes with very light icing are prone to melting.

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Cakes melt easily especially during hot weather. And when cakes melt, it makes a mess of its cute look and decorations. It’s important that you plan a back -up site where you can store and preserve your cake. Make sure the table you will be placing your cake upon is sturdy and strong.

  1. Reduce cost and decorate your wedding cake

If your cake comes delivered on time and you feel it is under-decorated you can spice things up and add some decorations on your own.

Extra decorations can be done on a very low budget as embellishments are very affordable. You can buy the decorations from any retail store near you.

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  1. Taste is important

Wedding cakes are not just about its looks and how it makes you feel, they should taste fantastic too – that’s the essence of cakes. Most bakers offer free samples for you to test the quality and flavor of the cake. If they do not allow this, jump to the next store

  1. Flower decorations

Flowers are great for designing cakes. The choice of flowers is also important because both synthetic and natural flowers can be used. They are great for decorating cakes. It is important to choose them wisely and to ensure they are free from chemicals. If safety is considered, then sugar flowers are better because they are edible gum paste decorations that have wire or toothpicks on them.

It is important to choose them wisely and to ensure they are free from chemicals. If safety is considered, then sugar flowers are better because they are edible gum paste decorations that have wire or toothpicks on them.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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